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Fans pleased with 28 year old named as Chester make managerial announcement

Fans have been left pleased with 28 year old Calum McIntyre named as Chester make a big managerial announcement on Thursday.

He comes in having previously managed Runcorn Linnets, who finished fourth in this season’s Northern Premier League – West Division but lost to Marine in the playoff final.

The 28-year-old is the club’s seventh permanent manager since they reformed in 2010, and has been the club’s full-time academy head coach since 2016. performed a variety of roles across the first team coaching staff – being involved in over 140 first team fixtures under three different management teams, report Chester Standard.


Chester Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Calum McIntyre as First Team Manager.

Calum has put pen to paper on a two-year deal at the Deva Stadium and takes up the post with immediate effect.

The 28-year-old Cestrian, who becomes our seventh permanent manager since reformation, has been the club’s full-time Academy Head Coach since 2016 and performed a variety of roles across the first team coaching staff – being involved in over 140 first team fixtures under three different management teams.

Calum also had a spell as Caretaker Manager in April 2018, securing an away win at Barrow in one of his three matches in temporary charge in the National League.

In June 2020, he took his first step into permanent senior management with Northern Premier Division One (West) side Runcorn Linnets.

In his first full season at the APEC Taxis Stadium, Calum guided the Linnets to an impressive fourth place finish and the play-off final, where they were narrowly edged out by Marine.

Calum’s achievements within his Academy role speak for themselves, twice winning the National League U19 Alliance Cup and overseeing the development of Academy graduates such as Sam Hughes, Tom Crawford and Will Goodwin, as well as current promising first team squad members Harrison Burke and Ollie Heywood.

CFU Chair Kieron Shiel said: “I am absolutely delighted to be appointing Calum to the role of First Team Manager.

“He was the standout candidate in an extremely strong list. I feel this is the right time for him and a very exciting time at the club as we move to daytime training at the KGV, recent strengthening of our board and the appointment of Georgina as the new General Manager.

“I really feel there are a lot of pieces now beginning to drop into place and Calum has been, and will continue to be, an even bigger part of that jigsaw.”

We would like to place on record our thanks to Runcorn Linnets Football Club for their understanding and assistance.

Calum’s first full interview as Blues boss will air over the weekend on The Seals Podcast. A further announcement will be made on his backroom staff in due course.



Runcorn Linnets are extremely sorry to announce the departure of Calum McIntyre, following his appointment as first-team manager of Chester FC.

Calum has done a tremendous job since becoming Linnets boss in the summer of 2020 and we are more than disappointed to see him leave.

However, it has been clear from day one that Calum has the ability to match his ambition in the game.

The chance has come sooner for him than we would have wanted.

But Runcorn Linnets recognise that this is a unique opportunity for Calum to manage at a higher level with the home city club with which he already has strong connections and indeed supports.

Linnets chairman, Peter Cartledge said : “Calum has built a great and genuine rapport with all at Runcorn Linnets and has been incredibly diligent, honest and professional in everything he has done.

“It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with him and have him as our manager. We are sure he is destined for big things in his football career.

“He has performed his duties with integrity, a real passion and a sense of pride, while assembling and developing a squad of players with undoubted talent and spirit.”

Last season was the Linnets most successful yet in terms of on-the-field performance, reaching the promotion play-off final.

To have got to the very brink of promotion from the Northern Premier League West Division was against all odds.

The Linnets chairman added: “Calum deserves every credit for achieving this in his first completed season in charge.

“We thank Calum for his major contribution and total commitment during his time as our manager.

“He has put his heart and soul into the role and we wish him every success as he moves on to familiar pastures new.”

Calum will attend our Awards Evening as scheduled tomorrow (Friday) to say his fond farewells.

Equally, we are sure fans will want to show him and his backroom staff our appreciation as a club while recognising the terrific performances of our players over the season.


As mentioned, fans are pleased with the 28 year old named as Chester make a managerial announcement, this is how social media reacted…

@tommorrey1: Calum McIntyres blue white army

@AF0149: Great appointment. Good luck Cal

@teambuxton: Great appointment, well done Chester Board and very best of luck Calum 👍🏻💪🏻⚽️💥.

@Will_Taylor29: Had 2 big name managers in a row and didn’t really work out. Time to try something different. I’m all on board, think Cal is a good step, can’t wait to see what happens as we move forward

@BillyBognut: Nice one Cal, look forward to supporting you in taking us forward!

@charfieldblue: Congratulations & all the very best @CalumMcIntyre. What a journey…. and it’s only just getting going! #UTS

@DeanWoolley1902: Good Luck Callum. All the best 🌽🌽

@PaulaCrawford4: YES!! This is great news good luck for the season

@_D_Tilla: Love it. Go on Cal. 🔵⚪💙


@stevegar01: Brilliant! Great decision… 👍 COYB!

@trickyricky75: Fabulous decision. All the best @CalumMcIntyre

@tomjoneschester: All I can say is that if I get as much enjoyment out if his senior squad as I have from his youth squads over the years I shall be happy. Always thought he would manage us one day but wasn’t expecting it so soon…. Wishing you the very best of luck @CalumMcIntyre

Looking back at when we first met
I cannot escape and I cannot forget
Calum you’re the one, you still turn me on
Chester’s going up again 🔵⚪️

@davidmfrance: Great to see a young Manager getting his chance.

@IBrooks31: Really! Wow that’s a brave choice!

@Tina76866520: Absolutely gutted but best off luck @CalumMcIntyre 😔

@DevaBoyReturns: Predicted it, just didn’t bet on it. Best of luck @CalumMcIntyre #coyb #ctid

@SteveyAsp: Sad news for Linnets but well deserved for @CalumMcIntyre on what he’s achieved at Runcorn…. Not only on the pitch but off it as well, especially his engagement with the supporters… Good luck and all the best Calum.

@joannej1970: We all knew it was only a matter of time someone with Cals talent will go along way so passionate good luck @CalumMcIntyre you deserve it mate

@AEJ03_: excited for this season, come on you seals 🔵⚪️

@Alan442239251: Great to see us taking a chance on a young manager who will have the club at his heart, rather than some of the charlatans we have appointed in the past. A 60% win ratio in his time at Runcorn, is not bad for your first role in first team management.

@johnpudneyhq: Fantastic news and well deserved. Good luck, Calum.

@Matts_Chat: Can’t believe people are moaning about this before we’ve even kicked a ball. Let’s roll the dice with Cal and see where it goes, it’s never dull watching us… In the words of @Robbieclegcfc “let’s get right behind THE BLUES!!!” 🔵⚪️🦭

@PhilSpencerCFC: Said the other week that the club are at a crossroads and we need to look at where we want to go (not just league position), for me this appointment will complete the linking up of the whole youth academy thru to 1st team with someone who gets it. Good luck @CalumMcIntyre

@TomCFC87: Football, especially in the lower leagues needs more clubs willing to give an ambitious young manager a chance. There’s no point hiring an older manager with “experience at this level”, if they are still managing at our level after 45 it’s because nobody else wants them higher up

@woolfie281: All the best Calum UTS 💙

@MrMattyjohnson: Brilliant appointment, best of luck Cal

@Pauline04023347: Congratulations, Calum! You’ve worked very hard for this and brought a lot of joy via the Academy and it’s continual success! We look forward to the same! 💙⚽️

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